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Kats nip Rampage on last-second kick

Place kicker Brian Gowins missed a last-second 35-yard field goal and the Nashville Kats held on to beat the Grand Rapids Rampage 57-54 in Nashville.

Nashville (7-9) remained alive, at least temporarily, for the American Conference's final playoff spot. A win by the Utah Blaze, playing Saturday night at the Los Angeles Avengers, would end Nashville's playoff hopes. If Utah loses, Nashville would take the sixth spot in the American Conference.

Kats quarterback Jeff Smoker threw for 247 yards and six touchdowns.

Fullback Chris Ryan set a Grand Rapids team record with five rushing touchdowns in the game. The Rampage closed out their disappointing season at 4-12.

RUSH 48, BRIGADE 21: At Chicago, linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo scored his record fifth defensive touchdown of the year and the Chicago Rush beat the Kansas City Brigade 48-21 on Saturday night to earn the Central Division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Tied at 21 with six minutes to go in the first half, the defending Arena Bowl champions held Kansas City (10-6) scoreless the rest of the way.

DESTROYERS 74, DRAGONS 43: At New York, quarterback Matt Nagy threw for 256 yards and seven touchdowns and the Columbus Destroyers qualified for the playoffs, beating the New York Dragons 74-43 Saturday night. Josh Bush caught six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two scores for the Destroyers (7-9).

STORM 55, WRANGLERS 51: At Tampa Bay, wide receiver Terril Shaw caught 12 passes for 181 yards and three scores and the Tampa Bay Storm beat the Austin Wranglers 55-51 on Saturday night. Storm quarterback Brett Dietz finished 18-of-28 for 254 yards and five scores. Wranglers quarterback Lang Campbell threw for 340 yards and six scores.

Tampa Bay (9-7) finished third in the National Conference. Austin finished at 4-12.